Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
January 5, Saturday
DRUM: BLUE RIDGE MUSIC TOGETHER'S WINTER SEMESTER OPENER
Music Together Worldwide.
Attend classes in January and beyond with your little one. Class tuition includes a weekly 45-minute class, led by a registered teacher, as well as make-up class schedule access, professional recordings to watch at home, a precious songbook, digital access to the exclusive Family MusicZone and a family guide to understanding music development in children. Check online for class options, schedules and fees. McGuffey Art Center.  Varies.  $Varies.  Email: director@blueridgemusictogether.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-6361. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
December 15, Saturday
AN A CAPPELLA CHRISTMAS CARD CONCERT
Buck Mountain Episcopal Church.
The Jingle vocal quintet will be presenting "An A Cappella Christmas Card" concert in the sanctuary in anticipation of Christmas. Donations are accepted with 10% of proceeds going towards the church's Food Pantry. Reception to follow program. Buck Mountain Episcopal Church.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gnomlich@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 530-598-8557. 
 
December 15, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Join The Oratorio Society of Virginia for this beloved Charlottesville tradition and family favorite. Music Director Michael Slon conducts a 90-person chorus composed of some of the community's finest singers. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $10-$49.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 15, Saturday
WILSON FAIRCHILD CHRISTMAS
The Wayne Theatre.
A Christmas show from the country duo. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  8pm.  $35.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 16, Sunday
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT BY VALLEY DANCE THEATRE
The Wayne Theatre.
Get your whole family into that holly, jolly mood with this Staunton-based dance group. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  Directions: 521 W. Main St.  2pm & 5:30pm.  $12 students, $18 adults.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 22, Saturday
AN A CAPPELLA CHRISTMAS CARD CONCERT
First United Methodist Church.
The "Jingle" vocal quintet will be presenting "An A Cappella Christmas Card" concert at First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Reception to follow program. First United Methodist Church.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrew Shelden.  Email: gnomlich@gmail.com. For more info call: 530-598-8557. 
 
January 26, Saturday
SOUL SUPPERS: CORA HARVEY ARMSTRONG
This monthly Sunday evening concert series, featuring masters of American Roots Music, will feature a family style dinner at 6 pm and music at 7 pm. Join your neighbors for a delicious home-cooked supper followed by a concert with Cora Harvey Armstrong! The Front Porch.  6-9pm.  $20, $10 kids under 12.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-242-7012. 
 
March 31, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS RIVANNA STRING QUARTET
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  3:30pm.  $Free-$15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
January 1, Saturday
FIRST DAY HIKE
Monticello.
Celebrate 2019 with the first hike of the season! Take a two-hour trek on the Saunders-Monticello rustic trails and explore areas off the beaten path. Saunders-Monticello Trail.  Directions: Meet at the Route 53 parking area of the Saunders-Monticello Trail.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: trail@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
November 23-24 & December 1, 8 & 15
CLAYBROOKE TREE FARM
Claybrooke Farm.
Check the farm website and Facebook for special events, visits from Santa, food vendors and demonstrations. Hayrides are provided continuously to and from the fields. Saws are provided along with cutting and loading assistance. Claybrooke Farm.  Directions: Mineral.  10am-5pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
November 23-December 15, Fridays & Saturdays
PICK OUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Saunders Brothers Market.
Both cut and live trees. Firs, Spruces and Pines available. Saunders Brothers Market.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
November 23-December
CHRISTMAS TREES AT CHISHOLM VINEYARDS AT ADVENTURE FARM
Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm.
Come get your tree and wreaths starting on Black Friday. Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm Tasting Room.  12-6pm Thursdays-Sundays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-8796. 
 
November 23-December
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: Somerset.  10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November-December
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Long Meadow Tree Farm.
Choose from Pines, Spruces and Firs. Pre-cut Firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Stop by the new market and pick up winter vegetables and other goodies, too. Check website for days and times. Long Meadow Tree Farm, Waynesboro.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 23-December 22
FOXFIRE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.
Choose from and cut down Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. For large trees, be sure to come early. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading are available, as well as fresh wreaths and garland. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm, Scottsville.  Directions: 451 Foxfire Rd.  9am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.  $37.50-$45.00.  All ages welcome.  Email: oxfirefarm@nccwildblue.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-3445. 
 
November 23-December 23, Thursdays-Sundays
BEES & TREES FARM
Bees & Trees Farm.
Cut your own tree, then enjoy complimentary cider while you browse the Christmas shop. Choose from Canaan and Fraser Firs, White, Blue and Norway Spruce, Leyland and Carolina Sapphire Cypress, and Scotch and White Pines. 18028 Carrico Mills Rd, Elkwood.  Check online..  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
November 23-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT SPRUCE ROCK FARM
Spruce Rock Farm.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, Canaan and Douglas Firs, and Concolor Fir or select from pre-cut Fraser firs. Free tree shaking, baling, hot cider and chocolate. Browse around in the Christmas shop stocked with wreaths, Christmas tree items, ornaments, stockings, miniature village houses and more. Cash or checks only. Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood.  10am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays, by appointment Monday-Friday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-543-2309. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
October 27, November 17, December 15; Saturdays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Pay a visit to the MESA Harvest Festival Fundraiser in October and the Perfectly Piedmont Expo and Holiday Market in November and December. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion in October; Madison County Volunteer Fire Company in November and December.  8am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
December 31, Monday
37TH ANNUAL FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
First Night Virginia, Inc.
Ring in the New Year at this popular community arts fest featuring performers, a bubble wrap stomp, a kids' fun zone and more. See the website for the full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  4pm-12am.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-8269. 
 
December 31, 2018
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy an afternoon full of fun family activities, including a party hat crafting session, a concert with the Ululating Mummies and an unforgettable parade. Stick around for the Dominion Energy GardenFest from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave.  2-5pm.  $Free members and children (under 3), $8 children (3-12), $10 military (with ID), seniors (55-plus), $13 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: ContactUs@lewisginter.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
November 23, 2018-January 7, 2019
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
February 10, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet over 80 exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-4713. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-23 & 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS
Monticello.
Experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated and illuminated for the season. Guests meet their guide at The Shop at Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. The tour offers a look at how the enslaved and free celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. See public and private rooms, including the iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musical performances in the Parlor. The tour, lasting about 1.5 hours, is mot recommended for children under 6. Monticello.  5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm each evening.  $60.  Special Needs Accommodation: Tours not handicapped-accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
December 26-January 1
KIDS ARE FREE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
James Madison's Montpelier is offering free admission to all children ages 14 and under who visit with a paying adult. The Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any daily tour. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
November 3, December 1 & 15
RVCC 12TH ANNUAL WINTER MARKETS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, live music and arts and crafts. Each market, except for the one on December 15, coincides with RVCC's Pancake Breakfast and the Treasure Chest Boutique Bag Day. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
December 15, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL SANTA'S SHOP TIL YOU DROP CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE
Finish up your Christmas shopping all in one place at the 2nd Annual Santa's Shop Til You Drop Christmas Boutique. You'll find vendors, prize raffles, Swag Bags and more. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
October 27, November 17, December 15; Saturdays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Pay a visit to the MESA Harvest Festival Fundraiser in October and the Perfectly Piedmont Expo and Holiday Market in November and December. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion in October; Madison County Volunteer Fire Company in November and December.  8am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
November 24-December 22, Saturdays
HOLIDAY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
An extension of the weekly city market, the holiday market offers a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food and crafts prepared by local farmers, artists and bakers. Second and Water Street parking lots.  8am-1pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: cityman@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
November 17-January 5, 2019, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
January 12, February 9 & March 9, Saturdays
WINTER MADISON FARMERS' MARKETS
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come out to the winter markets at Hoover Ridge Park. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  Directions: 1110 Fairground Rd.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
December 18, Tuesday
MYSTERY BOOK GROUP MOVIE: THE LADY VANISHES (1938)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Enjoy the classic combination of a movie and popcorn, and catch this free library screening of an Alfred Hitchcock classic. JMRL - Northside Library.  1-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 20, Thursday
POLAR EXPRESS AND A VISIT FROM SANTA
Wayne Theatre Alliance.
Catch the Christmas classic as part of the Wayne Theatres Christmas Movie series, and visit with Santa in the theatre lobby one hour before the movie starts. The Historic Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  Directions: 521 W. Main St.  9am & 1pm Visit with Santa, 10am & 2pm Movie screenings.  $Pay what you will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 21, Friday
WHITE CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater.
Two successful song and dance men trail after a pair of up-and-coming female performers, clambering after them to a Connecticut inn owned by the men's former World War II commanding officer. Crosby and Kaye's cross-dressing take on "Sisters" is hysterically funny (mainly because the two men clearly have a good time), and Mary Wickes as the inn's housekeeper nearly steals the show. The Paramount Theater.  3pm & 7pm.  $5 youth (12 and under), $7 adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 27, Thursday
MARVELOUS MORNING MATINEE
JMRL - Central Library.
Don't miss the library's annual showing of The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 31, Monday
AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Meet up with your friends at the library for an afternoon film (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn; you bring a friend and some comfy pillows. The movie title will be picked by kids for kids. Requested registration begins December 10. JMRL - Crozet Library.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL-Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow, and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snacks and juice boxes will be provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 23-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond and celebrate an 82-year local tradition. Sunrise, Sunset and Tea with Santa services go on sale Thursday, November 1. Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7009. 
 
November 16-January 6
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Take a guided tour to observe the mansion up-close in all its splendor. Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm, with tours available every half-hour (last tour at 4:30).  $5 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 329. 
 
October 19-January 27
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF HEYWOOD AND CYNTHIA FRALIN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The collection includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period. It is presented in conjunction with exhibitions of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work during her time at the University of Virginia and historical and contemporary Native American works from the Museum’s holdings. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3 & May 1, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Start with a book and then go look as you take a visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement. Then the docents invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience of the current exhibit. Ages 2-4. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
January 1, Tuesday
FIRST DAY HIKE
Monticello.
Celebrate 2019 with the first hike of the season! Take a two-hour trek on the Saunders-Monticello rustic trails and explore areas off the beaten path. Space is limited, and email registration is required. The Trail at Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: trail@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
January 4, Friday
SOLAR VIEWING
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about our closest star at Solar Viewing with a solar telescope. The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will present with their special viewing scope which will allow us to see flares and other signs of the living cauldron that is our sun without fear of blindness. 12-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
January 5, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Enjoy an early morning bird walk with Jenny Gaden of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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December 20-23, Thursday-Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet / PVCC.
The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara in an enchanting performance set to Tchaikovsky's famous score. Charlottesville Ballet's 90-minute production is sure to delight the entire family. Following select performances, children ages 3-8 can take a ballet class on stage with Clara and her friends. They will learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet dancers. Class size is limited, so reserve soon. Charlottesville Family is a proud sponsor! The V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  Varies.  $20-$75.  All ages welcome.  Email: tickets@CharlottesvilleBallet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
December 4-26
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Pay what you will performances on Tuesday, December 4 and Sunday, December 9. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St .  Varies by date.  $20-57.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
January 5, Saturday
RPAA PRESENTS LEGENDS ON GRACE: DESIRÉE ROOTS IN "FOREVER ELLA"
Dominion Energy Center.
Celebrating The First Lady of Song, Desirée Roots brings to life Ella Fitzgeralds most noted songs. Roots, an award-winning Jazz artist, and Virginia Native will be accompanied by her VAJazz Orchestra. Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond.  Directions: 600 E. Grace St., Ste. 400.  7pm.  $20 student, $35-50 adult.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-592-3330. 
 
January 26, Saturday
SOUL SUPPERS: CORA HARVEY ARMSTRONG
This monthly Sunday evening concert series, featuring masters of American Roots Music, will feature a family style dinner at 6 pm and music at 7 pm. Join your neighbors for a delicious home-cooked supper followed by a concert with Cora Harvey Armstrong! The Front Porch.  6-9pm.  $20, $10 kids under 12.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-242-7012. 
 
February 16, Saturday
EZIBU MUNTU
PVCC and CBS 19 News.
Celebrate Black History Month with high-energy drumming and dancing. Don't miss this spectacular display of African tradition and artistic custom. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $10 seniors/students, $12 adults.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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November 19-January 1, 2019
CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214-acre park aglow with charming night-time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
November 30 & December 1, Thursday & Friday
SENSITIVE SANTA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
These evenings with Legendary Santa are designed exclusively for the families of those with special needs. Attending is free but does require advance registration. Children's Museum of Richmond.  5:30-8pm.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7003. 
 
October 13 & 20 and December 8 & 15, Saturdays
FAIRY GARDENS
The Market at Grelen.
Bring out the family for an interactive workshop taught by Plant Designer Farley Farrar. Workshops begin with a 20-30 minute demo, and the remainder is interactive and includes tips and tricks for how to design your own garden and Farley will guide you through the process. October workshops will be focusing on halloween/fall motifs while the December fairy workshops will be holiday/Christmas focused. The Market at Grelen, Orange.  10am.  $5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 15, Saturday
GET MERRY AT MERIWETHER
Meriwether Springs Vineyard & Brewery.
Get merry with live music by the Crozet Jam Band from 5-7pm, enjoy wood-fired pizza, craft beverages, housemade hot spiced wine, free kids' holiday crafts, and prizes for adults and kids in "Best (& Ugliest) Holiday Garb." Bring a new toy for the Toy Drive and get one free pizza. Meriwether Springs Vineyard & Brewery.  Directions: 1040 Owensville Road.  3-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-5086. 
 
October 27, November 17, December 15; Saturdays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Pay a visit to the MESA Harvest Festival Fundraiser in October and the Perfectly Piedmont Expo and Holiday Market in November and December. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion in October; Madison County Volunteer Fire Company in November and December.  8am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
December 15, Saturday
KIDS HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Bring the kids out for tons of fun holiday crafts. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids decorate ornaments and more in the tasting room. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trl.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-829-4633. 
 
December 14-15, Friday-Saturday
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND LIGHTS
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
See Prospect Hill come to life amid the soft glow of more than 100 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider or a cocktail. Santa will entertain and be available for photos in his workshop. Bring a camera to capture the moment. Vendors will be selling homemade crafts and sweets in Santa's Marketplace. Proceeds from this event will go the Young Life Louisa. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  Directions: 2887 Poindexter Rd.  6-9pm.  $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  Email: stay@prospecthill.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
December 16, Sunday
ACAC HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR
ACAC Downtown Charlottesville.
Bring your family downtown for an evening of Holiday fun. Ride around town and admire the Holiday lights, then step inside the Downtown club to enjoy festive perks like face-painting, cookie decorating, crafts, music, a hot cocoa bar and more. ACAC Downtown Charlottesville.  5-7pm.  $Free-$20.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-3800. 
 
December 1-2, 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
JINGLE BELL S'MORES WEEKEND
Grayhaven Winery.
Get into the holiday spirit with hot mulled wine and warm apple pie sangria, then roast marshmallows and make smores at the bonfire and fire pits. Enjoy artisan soup specials, mini cheese tastings and cheese and charcuterie boards. Stock up on wine and gourmet goodies for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring.  Directions: 4675 East Grey Fox Cir.  $Free s'mores, $5 wine tasting, $15 cheese tasting.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: 11am-6pm all days  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
December 16, Sunday
SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH SANTA
CrossKeys Vineyards.
Enjoy brunch and a special visit from Santa. Be sure to list your arrival time upon reserving your spot. CrossKeys Vineyards.  Directions: 6011 East Timber Ridge Rd, Mt. Crawford.  11am-4:30pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@crosskeysvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-234-0505. 
 
November 23-December 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
December 20, Thursday
POLAR EXPRESS AND A VISIT FROM SANTA
Wayne Theatre Alliance.
Catch the Christmas classic as part of the Wayne Theatres Christmas Movie series, and visit with Santa in the theatre lobby one hour before the movie starts. The Historic Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  Directions: 521 W. Main St.  9am & 1pm Visit with Santa, 10am & 2pm Movie screenings.  $Pay what you will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
November 9, 16, 23 & December 7, 14, 21, Fridays
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Enjoy a mini farmers's market on Fridays in the Tasting Room Veranda. Mingle with local farmers as they showcase and sell their homegrown products. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  Directions: 5022 Plank Rd.  12-4pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
November 24-December 22, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
The Boar's Head Inn.
Let your holiday spirit soar as you glide on a horse-drawn carriage through the resort to admire holiday décor. Enjoy a traditional breakfast as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa's ear. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  9-11am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 & 24
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOWS AT IX ART PARK
Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery.
Holiday Music & Light Show, in partnership with Computers4Kids (C4K), Three-Notched Brewery, IX Art Park and UVA's School of Engineering students! Suggested donation of $5 per person. All of the proceeds support youth mentoring at C4K, a program that equips Charlottesville and Albemarle County youth (6-12th grade) from low-income households with 21st-century skills to be competitive in college and careers. Feel free to bring chairs and blankets Ix Art Park.  Directions: 520 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  6:30-7:00pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Liz Hoeppner.  Email: liz@computers4kids.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-1121. 
 
December 14-15 & 28-29, Fridays and Saturdays
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Enjoy an after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking. Open hearth cooks will lead participants in making Monroe-era desserts, which guests can munch by candlelight. While the desserts are cooking, guests will visit the Presidential guest house and museum spaces decorated for the holidays. James Monroe's Highland.  4:30-6:30pm.  $28.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
December 1-31
B&O'S MAGICAL HOLIDAY EXPRESS
B&O Railroad Museum.
This magical holiday wonderland features a 30-foot Christmas tree that you can stand inside of or walk through, operating model train layouts, indoor carousel rides, interactive kids' crafts, weekend train rides & visits with Santa or Frosty the Snowman, appearances by Mrs. Claus, and live entertainment and performances. Train and carousel rides additional fee. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.  Vary.  $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (60+), $12 Ages 2-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
December 21-31
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year's Eve-style celebrations. Don't forget skiing, silent disco dancing, snow boarding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
December 31, Monday
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Ring in 2018 at Wintergreen and watch stunning fireworks glimmer over the slopes. This party is perfect for everyone, including the kids. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen.  Directions: 39 Mountain Inn Loop.  TBD.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
December 31, 2018
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy an afternoon full of fun family activities, including a party hat crafting session, a concert with the Ululating Mummies and an unforgettable parade. Stick around for the Dominion Energy GardenFest from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave.  2-5pm.  $Free members and children (under 3), $8 children (3-12), $10 military (with ID), seniors (55-plus), $13 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: ContactUs@lewisginter.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December 31, Monday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the Noon Year with a countdown to noon to see a dramatic and quirky version of the traditional ball drop. Kick off the New Year with science on your side and watch 2,018 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the Rotunda to life. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St.  9am-1pm.  $Varies (see website for details).  All ages welcome.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
December 31, Monday
NOON YEAR'S EVE FAMILY DANCE PARTY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the new year a few hours early with a family-fun dance party. Music and snacks will be provided by the library at this all-ages event. JMRL - Northside Library.  11:15am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
November 23, 2018 -January 1, 2019
ZOOLIGHTS
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. The event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a dazzling light show set to music. National Zoo, Washington, D.C.  Directions: 3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.  5-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-8743. 
 
November 17-January 5, 2019, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
January 5, Saturday
CROZET CALENDAR PHOTOGRAPHY DISCUSSION
JMRL-Crozet Library.
Join the Crozet Gazette and National Geographic photographer Sam Abell for a slideshow and discussion of this year's Crozet Gazette Calendar photography selections. All ages welcome. Crozet Library.  3-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 23, 2018-January 7, 2019
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center, Crozet.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Rd.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5844. 
 
December 9, Sunday
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. Pharsalia, Tyro.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Rd.  1-5pm.  $40 first child per family, $10 each additional.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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December 29, Saturday
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
Richmond Coliseum.
Come out for this always fun, family event. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  Directions: 601 E. Leigh St.  1pm & 6pm.  $22-$115.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-780-4970. 
 
December 2, 5, 8 & 30
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  Varies by date.  $52-$150.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 1, Monday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. No dogs or strollers allowed on race course. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. Free Union.  Directions: see directions on website.  11am race.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Track Club.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 10-12, Thursday-Saturday
THE XPERIENCE TENNIS INVITATIONAL
Special Olympics Virginia.
Xperience Special Olympics tennis at its best at this three-day tennis extravaganza. Sign up to volunteer and cheer. The Boar's Head Sports Club.  Directions: 200 Wellington Dr.  All day.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 5, 15 & 22
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  Varies by date.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 3, 10, 13 & 27
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  Varies by date.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
August 25-December 29, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement and early literacy. This recurring event offers Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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December 15, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's production of the classic holiday ballet. Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg.  Directions: Historic Academy of Music Theatre, 600 Main St.  2pm & 5pm.  $15-$75.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-846-8499. 
 
November 30-December 16
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Four County Players.
This holiday-themed production, written by Barbara Robinson and directed by Jane Gargett, will be presented on the Mainstage. Four County Players Mainstage, Barboursville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
December 4-30
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
Don't miss this beloved holiday classic brought to life onstage. Experience the traditional tale with new twists, turns and surprises, and enjoy a festive production filled with music and cheer fitting for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St.  Varies by date.  $20-$57.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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